Name: Chris Soto
Role: Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health Coordinator
District: Durham Public Schools
State: North Carolina
“Our emotions saturate everything we do! While they’ve historically been placed in opposition of “rational” learning, we understand more every day that they are, in fact, integral to learning. It only makes sense that we give students (and ourselves) opportunities to scaffold and build our feeling muscles so that they can support every other aspect of healthy development.”
Dr. Chris Soto is the Social-Emotional Learning + Mental Health Coordinator for Durham Public Schools. His career has focused on the intersection of education and psychology. He is particularly passionate about educator wellbeing and will soon be a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He is co-author of the book Everyday Self-Care for Educators and teaches the course Leading Teams and Building Learning Communities at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He is also a proud husband and father of two boys, ages five and three.